18th Dec, 2018

Flowers: Salford will be a huge test for Solihull Moors

Craig Gibbons 22nd Nov, 2018

BOSS Tim Flowers knows all too well Solihull Moors are going to be in for a difficult afternoon when high-flying Salford City come to town on Saturday.

Flowers stressed games do not come any harder than National League title hopefuls Salford, who are backed by former Manchester United players Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

Moors are only three points off second-placed Salford but the gaffer has warned his players will need to be fully focused if they want to take points off a side on a 19-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

“It doesn’t get any harder (for us),” he said.

“I watched them on the bus on the way down against Eastleigh and it was a really good game.

“Some of Salford’s play going forward was fantastic.

“That’s going to be an immensely tough game for us, but we have to regroup and see if we can come up with something to put a performance on.”

Although Moors look well in with a chance of vying for a play-off spot this season, Flowers was quick to point out the club wanted to reach the magic 50-point mark to secure their National League status for a further year before thinking of anything else.

“I’ve been in this game a long, long time and you’re only round the corner from going five or six games without a win,” he said.

“Football can change in a heartbeat. Our aim at the beginning of the season before a ball was kicked was to get to 50 points and we’re on 39, so we’re 11 away from it.

“If we can get to it by the turn of the new year, then that would be fantastic.

“We’ve got an incredibly tough run of fixtures coming up in the next four or five weeks.

“I’m going to have to use the whole inch of the small squad I’ve got. Everyone’s going to play a part so it’s fantastic, but it’s really going to stretch us.

“I can’t be any happier with them. I’m delighted with them and there’s a fantastic spirit in there. They’re a pleasure to come in and work with in the week.”

Moors head into the game on the back of Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat to Nuneaton Borough, which followed Saturday’s impressive 3-0 league victory over Braintree Town in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Speaking after the Braintree fixture, Flowers believed his side could have been more clinical.

“At half-time, the only thing that disappointed me a little bit was we hadn’t converted, especially in the first ten minutes,” he said.

“To score as quickly as that after the break was massive and then we followed it up very quickly.

“At 3-0 away from home, you’ve then got to make sure you put a lid on it and put the game to bed.

“I thought that we did that quite professionally. I can’t really point a finger and say that I was disappointed with any real aspect of our game. I thought we were good.”

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